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Visible Ink: Indigenous Editorial Cartoons and the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute, 1964-1998


During the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute, the Hopi and Din� of the Four Corners region engaged in many different forms of activism in an effort to protect their culture, traditions, and land from being arbitrarily divided by the federal government. During the most pivotal years of the Dispute, 1973 and 1974, Navajo and Hopi artists published scores of political cartoons in tribal newspapers and established an inter-tribal dialogue that transcended the political realm. The cartoonists who produced these images fought against the United States government’s assault on sovereign space through satirical political interventions. Din� and Hopi editorial cartoons reveal that the Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute, widely portrayed as an inter-tribal conflict, was in fact rooted in Native American resistance to continued corporate and political attempts to seize valuable natural resources located in the heart of Din�tah and Hopituskwa.

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